St. Vigil – St. Christina
On the third stage of this one-week mountain bike extravaganza through the Alps it's time to hit the most beautiful part of the Italian alpine world. This stage is one to remember for its scenery. So be careful not to ride into the person in front when crossing Fanesalm and Großfanesalm as some of them might stop to take some pictures of the scenic attractions around.
The third's day route will definitely hold some jaw dropping moments before it's time to descend to St. Kassian, the part of the stage which is marked as a passage where racers should carry their bikes.
After making it down to the Abtei valley, racers have to start climbing again as the Groednerjoch is in their way, flanked by giant mountains such as Sellastock and Sassongher. The route follows the long descend of the Sella Ronda in opposite direction towards the ridge where some exciting single tracks bring the teams of two in a constant up and down to Plan del Gralba, right at the road to Sellajoch.
Now, the Transalp takes over the downhill track of the short Hero round down to Wolkenstein. But before racers will actually reach the valley, they will make a turn towards St. Christina where this Dolomite stage blessed with high-class panorama views and a fun course finally comes to an end.